Cooking with Beth Dooley: Raspberry Pie Recipe

It’s raspberry season and the fruit is coming in splendidly. We’ll enjoy thimble sized berries now (first crop) for several weeks, and then again in the fall with the everbearing raspberries. They freeze beautifully and make marvelous jams. But nothing beats raspberry pie with rum-spiked ice cream. Raspberry Pie Makes one 9-inch pie or 2–4 … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Strawberries & Rum Cream Recipe

Yes, the strawberries are in! Shout it from the mountains: alpine strawberries, those tiny local berries bursting with tangy-sweet taste, have arrived at the farmers’ markets! Run, don’t walk, lest they get snatched up before you get some. Because these first-of-the-year berries are especially intense and delicious, you don’t want to do anything that will … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Easy Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam Recipe

Rhubarb, that bright, tangy vegetable (I think of it as a fruit) that announces spring. It’s going gangbusters in my backyard and you’ll find it piled high in farmers’ market stalls. It’s naturally tart, and a perfect pairing with strawberries—spring’s other darling. This easy jam makes a fine spread for morning toast, a nice garnish … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Spring Pear Salad with Microgreens Recipe

If you are as impatient as I am for spring, salads of locally grown greens may help ease the transition. Several Minnesotan farmers, such as Living Greens Farm in Faribault and St. Paul’s Urban Organics, are making real fresh salads possible all year long. The microgreens, arugula, kale, and mixed lettuces they grow brighten our … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Spicy Celeriac Fries Recipe

Celeriac, aka celery root, is a whiskery, knobby, weird looking vegetable, easy enough to pass by. But whack through its tough, leathery surface, and find a crisp, white interior that tastes mildly of celery and parsnips with a hint of nuts. Celeriac is most often shredded and dressed with mayonnaise for the classic French “remoulade.” … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Fried Duck Egg with Red Flannel Hash Recipe

Straightforward and simple, this hash and egg dish is a no-nonsense American classic, the kind of dish that I like to make for myself when eating alone on a frosty night, especially when that egg is duck. Duck eggs are a real treat—ramped up versions of chicken eggs—bigger and richer tasting, with sunny gold yolks … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Polenta and fried egg recipe

I can eat polenta at least three times a day. Golden and satisfying, it’s a warming, sunny comfort, especially mid-winter. Top polenta with a fried egg, sunny-side-up, so that the runny yolk creates a rich, velvety sauce, and you have a fabulous brunch or dinner-worthy meal. While it takes patience to make a perfect pot … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Smoked Whitefish Cakes Recipe

Smoked fish cakes are a perfect marriage of convenience—yesterday’s leftover smoked fish from the holiday appetizer tray mixed with yesterday’s leftover baked or mashed potatoes. These cakes are far more than the sum of their parts. While many recipes call for eggs, cream, mayonnaise, flour, or breadcrumbs, I find that they’re heavy and dense. Keeping … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Indian Spiced Potatoes & Spinach Recipe

Mildly spiced and buttery, this lush warming potato dish is brightened with bright green spinach. Use waxy potatoes (such as Yukon gold). Serve as a side dish to roast chicken or toss in chickpeas for a simple vegetarian meal. Indian Spiced Potatoes & Spinach Serves 4 as a side, 2 as a main Ingredients 1 … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Broccoli salad with peanuts and cranberries recipe

Italians know how to cook broccoli. In fact they introduced it to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market about 60 years ago. There are plenty of varieties available to the home cook. Broccolini, with smaller florets and longer, thin stalk is a little sweeter and takes like a cross of broccoli and asparagus. Rapini, or broccoli … [ Read more]

Recipes: Fresh vegetable salads from Beth Dooley

These simple salads are great for the beach picnic, alfresco dinner on the dock, or can be toted along in the cooler for the camping trip. Vary the veggies to use what’s fresh and in season. Picnic Tomato and Green Bean Salad with Toasted Croutons Serves 4 to 6 This is great when made ahead … [ Read more]

Paddles, pinot, & porter: My spirited Apostle Islands kayak adventure

Lake Superior, the largest body of fresh water on the North American continent, is so cold and clean you can see nearly 10 feet down. Surrounded by long stretches of sandy beaches and deep piney forests, it’s a paradise for kayakers and hikers. And while its physical charms are immediately evident the moment one hits … [ Read more]

Cold Weather Cooking with Beth Dooley: Not Your Mom’s Mac ‘N Cheese Recipe

Admit it. You love mac ‘n’ cheese. It’s the ultimate comfort food because: A) It’s so damn familiar; B) It calls for stuff you already have in the pantry and fridge; and C) You really don’t need a recipe to make a good one. Really, you can make it however the heck you want—blue cheese … [ Read more]

Cold Weather Cooking with Beth Dooley: Chicken & Dumpling Soup Recipe

This time of year when the tips of our noses are drippy and cold, and we’re tired, achy, and chilled to the bone, who doesn’t crave chicken soup? It’s brothy and light, satisfyingly simple, and innocently good. It’s the global go-to for those wintery blues, and just about every cuisine has its own version. Here’s … [ Read more]

Amber waves of heritage grain: Minnesota’s historic grains and seeds are seeing a revival

Across the northern Heartland, thanks to local organic farmers, small producers, and community gardeners, a renaissance of place-based culinary traditions are redefining the way we eat and think about our food. The smallest element in this is the most important—our seeds. Of the millions of seed varieties once available to our grandparents, 97 percent have … [ Read more]